Ganden monastery

Ganden monastery

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

1937, 1944


Lhasa Area > Ganden

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

The buildings of Ganden (dga'-ldan) monastery. It is situated about 30 miles east of Lhasa. It was the first Gelugpa (dge lugs pa) monastery founded by Tsongkhapa in 1409 and housed 20,000 monks in Richardson's time. The great temple and shrine of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the monastery, may be seen in the centre of the image. The rest of the buildings are monks' quarters and lesser temples.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album (slip cover) - 'Drikhung. Chongye. etc.' in Richardson's hand in white. (Yellow spine label) 'DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. KOTSHAL. RGYAMA. Ganden 1948'. (Cover) - '9 DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. YARLUNG. GYAMA. GANDEN' [KC 15/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 99. 'do' [DGA' LDAN]. [KC 30/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [nos] 97-100. 'The first great Dge-lugs-pa Monastery of Dga'-ldan, founded in 1409. See Mkhyen-brtse pp. 107, 108. The monastery was totaly destroyed by the Chinese in the "Cultural Revolution".'[KC 10/6/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The contact print of this image is part of a group made from 6x6 negatives that share the same batch development number [585 printed in black ink]. All of the contact prints processed in this batch seem to have been taken during or around the time of a trip to Drigung Monastery and Zhwai (Sha) Lhakhang, including Tsa Pobrag, Yeregang and Khyer. Photographs from this trip can be dated to 1948. In A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions [ Hertford: Stephen Austin and Son, Royal Asiatic Society, James G. Forlong Series, No. XXIX, 1985, p.45] Richardson states of the Zhwai inscriptions translated in the book that “The texts, which were first published in JRAS in 1952 and 1954, are based on copies and photographs made by me in 1948 and checked on a second visit in the following year."

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ganden monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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